Idly Manchurian | Leftover Idly Recipes | Chilli Idli

Idly Manchurian

Whenever I hear the word “Manchurian”, I will start drooling…I just love Manchurian. My favorite is Chicken Manchurian. We have so many Manchurian recipes: Gobi Manchurian, Mushroom Manchurian, Soya Manchurian, Vegetable Manchurian, Cabbage Manchurian, Idly Manchurian etc. I love all of them. However I have tried only few. Idly Manchurian is one among them. Trust me…it is very easy to make. If you have left over idlis, then just give a try. You can serve this dish as a tiffin or appetizer. I make this dish whenever I have leftover idlis at home.

Idly Manchurian

Last Friday, I was talking to one of my friends while making this dish. My friend said she likes this Idly Manchurian recipe so much and requested me to post this recipe. So here you go my dear friend…

Idly Manchurian

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Recipe Category: Starters/Side dish
Recipe Cuisine: Indo Chinese
Serves: 2
Idly Manchurian

To Make Manchurian
Finely chopped ginger – 1.5 teaspoon
Finely chopped garlic – 1.5 teaspoon
Spring onion – 4 nos. (Separate the green and white parts)
Capsicum – 1/2 cup
Soya sauce – 1/4 teaspoon
Tomato ketchup – 1.5 tablespoon
Corn flour – 1/2 teaspoon
Pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon
Salt – As required
Oil – To Fry Idlis

To Make Idly Batter
Idlis – 4 to 5 nos.
Corn flour – 1.5 to 2 tablespoon
Maida/All purpose flour – 2 tablespoon
Ginger garlic paste – 1 teaspoon
Chilli powder – 1 teaspoon
Saffron color – a pinch

Note. The ingredients shown will vary with the original quantity.


1. Cut the idlis into small cubes. If you are using fresh idlis, refrigerate it for at least 30 minutes.

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2. In a mixing bowl, add corn flour, maida, ginger garlic paste, chilli powder, saffron color, and little water. Combine well to form a thick paste. Dip the idli cubes into the batter well.

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3. Heat few drops of oil in a dosa pan. Place the battered idlis, and roast the idlis or deep fry them until golden brown. Drain the roasted idlis in a tissue paper. Keep the roasted idlis aside.

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4. In a non-stick pan, add a teaspoon of oil and heat it. Add garlic and ginger, and fry for a minute. Then add spring onions (white part), and fry until light brown. Now add capsicum and fry for two minutes.

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5. Add soya sauce and stir well for few seconds in high flame. Reduce the flame, add tomato sauce and salt, and stir well.

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6. Make a corn flour paste (combine 1/2 teaspoon of corn flour and 2 tablespoon of water). Add corn flour mixture and also little water. Stir well.

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7. When the mixture is hot, add the roasted idlis. Then add pepper powder, and stir well in such a way that the idlis are coated well. Sprinkle spring onions (green part) and cook for a minute. Give a quick stir and remove from the flame.

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Now, Idly Manchurian is ready! Serve hot.
You can serve this recipe with the following dishes:
French Biryani, Egg and Soyabean Sprouts Fried Rice, Asparagus And Peas Pulao, Jeera Pulao

Idly Manchurian


Refrigerate idlis for at least 1/2 hour just before cooking as it will prevent idlis from crumbling.
Serve hot as it would become soggy as time passes by.
Be careful while adding soya sauce as it may change the taste of the dish and also make it salty.
Once you add fried idlis, toss it gently or else idlis will break.

Idly Manchurian

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